Perks & Tit was recorded at the San Diego Sports Arena, April 9th
1974, the last date of the intense five week American "Burn" tour -
and just three days after the infamous California Jam. Being the
final show, the band let their hair down somewhat and Blackmore in
particular was in devastating form. It's also the first Mk 3 release
on the label.
Sonic Zoom have been back to the original source of the tape thought
to have been used for the first vinyl bootleg of this show, the
strangely titled "Perks & Tit", which appeared on the Kornyphone
label back in the mid seventies (and which has been copied for most
subsequent bootleg issues of this material). Four tracks from this
show turned up first on that original bootleg. Some later appeared on
"Just Might Take Your Life" while the hard to find "Smoke" surfaced
some time after. Apparently the second half of the show was lost, but
Sonic Zoom have been able to restore the between song patter
(including a comment from Glenn that it's nice to be doing a show
without having to worry about being recorded!), Smoke and a four
minute keyboard solo. This is a single CD set, the second part of the
show hasn't been found.
The Sonic Zoom CD digi-pak edition was called Perks & Tit (PUR 206)
and came out in 2003. This reissue - now titled Live In San Diego -
comes in a new jewel-case package and sleeve to match the rest of the
rereleases and includes a descriptive booklet as normal. The music
remains the same.
"Mistreated" from this gig appeared on the EMI box set.
is the last gig of our tour, so it's going to be a bastard, ok?'
announces David Coverdale after 'Burn'. Happily, he was absolutely
when only available on hiss and pop filled bootlegs with titles
such as 'Perks & Tit',' the recording of the last show of
Deep Purple's 1974 US tour still made a huge impression on the
lucky fans who came across it.
one's not being taped, so we say and do what we want,' says
Glenn gleefully at one point. Little did he know that the night's
soundboard recording (including his comment) would be officially
released for fans to enjoy almost thirty years down the line,
as one of the band's wildest and most downright vicious live recordings.
It's rather like being musically (and almost physically) assaulted
by the mk3 line-up. The California Jam show is mild by comparison.
the pre-show tuning up offers a strong hint of what is about to
ensue, with Blackmore energetically skipping up and down the frets
while Paice hyperactively flies around his kit. The build up is
longer than on any bootleg version, and the sound quality is clearer
and more 'in yer face', while retaining the same slightly odd
feel caused by the balance of the instruments. The guitar dominates,
and considering that the man is in Strat mangling form throughout....well,
attacks Burn with such aggression that it seems as if he's
about to spontaneously combust on the spot. His guitar is forced
into incredible growls and screams, with the feedback usually
kept (only just) under control. With the track being dragged along
at an improper speed, and nearly coming off the rails entirely
at times, the rest of the band are left to just try and keep up
and somehow hold it all together.
is certainly up for the task, and by the time Might Just Take
Your Life comes along, the others have caught on and help
kick the song violently along for its 4 minute duration.
Lay Down Stay Down continues the charge, and rather than
giving any respite, Mistreated is introduced with the most
awe inspiring of Blackmore guitar barrages. The
San Diego Smoke On The Water only surfaced (in incomplete
form) on a vinyl bootleg in the early 80s. It's a tremendous version,
with every element of the track pushed to its very limit.
many mk3 shows what had gone on up to this point was only a foretaste
of things to come in You Fool No One & Space Truckin', but
here it is very hard to imagine there could possibly be another,
even higher gear for the band to slip into. Sadly, as those tracks
are lost we only have a foretaste in the shape of Lord's five
minute organ introduction, which is every bit as stretched
out, manic, unpredictable and thrilling as the rest of this incredible
say it leaves you longing for more is a huge understatement. Pardon
me while I go and play it all again..."
David Browne, www.deep-purple.net
photo: Deep Purple Overseas Ltd
title is available to order from the dpas
records / sonic zoom catalogue